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's going on in this case now. >> ed lavandera on the scene for us as he's been right from the beginning. thank you. elsewhere, in maryland, police say the fbi are now investigating an abduction with ties to the baseball legend cal rib ken jr. his mother was found safe this morning almost 24 hours after being taken from her home at gunpoint. cnn's lisa sylvester's working the story for us. what happened here, lisa? >> hi there, wolf. what we know is this all started about 7:00, 8:00 yesterday morning when a man apparently approached and went to violet ripken's house and abducted her at gunpoint. he then according to authorities spent most of the day driving around in her car throughout central maryland. and it was only until around 8:30 last night when there was a citizen in the neighboring county, in baltimore county, who saw a suspicious vehicle. he called it in to county authorities. and at that point it was that tip that eventually led to violet ripken being found this morning unharmed back near her house in aberdeen. she was however bound. authorities at this point are not clear wha
's ed lavandera is in aurora for us. ed, what do we know about this package? >> reporter: well, we're still trying to gather information on what exactly is inside that package, wolf. but as you mentioned that law enforcement official telling cnn that on monday police and fbi discovered a package that was apparent apparently sent by james holmes, the 24-year-old suspected gunman. now it's unclear obviously if this package was indeed sent by him, it was clearly sent before he was taken into custody. it arrived at some point on monday at the university mail room. we've also been told by hospital officials over the last couple of days this is something we've been monitoring for some time that there were two packages that were suspicious and were being looked into, one found in the mail room and also one that was actually delivered to a university professor. so we've been trying to nail down more information on this. and we'll continue to do so, wolf. >> what's the university of colorado saying about all of this, ed? >> reporter: well, now that the details have come out that this packag
. it's a shame. because our tax dollars were used to go to companies often donors of the president's. >> senator ron johnson is a republican from wisconsin, a member of the budget appropriations committee and also a supporter of mitt romney. thanks for talking with us. >> good morning, soledad. >> good morning, there's clearly an effort to move away from conversations about bain and taxes and start talking about crony capitalism. what exactly is that? >> well crony capitalism is taking taxpayer money and funneling that to the people that have supported you in the campaign and that's exactly what president obama and his administration has done. look at solyndra over a half billion dollars invested in a company that's now bankrupt. it was supported by people who supported president obama. that's a dlasic example. >> inserting solyndra back into the conversation. back in may of 2012, here's what mitt romney said about solyndra. listen. >> an independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the administration had steered money to friends and family to campaign
this morning. people tell us it will take maybe 90 seconds to less than five minutes in front of the judge. he will then set a date for the next hearing. as we continue to follow the story here from aurora, colorado. cnn newsroom begins right now. >> thank you, soledad. happening right now in the newsroom, unprecedented penalties. the ncaa hitting penn state right now with a huge fine. we will soon learn of the pe penalties that await the university. >>> shooter james holmes a in court in just a few hours, using a secret underground tunnel to go before the judge. this morning we're learning more about holmes' past and what police found in his apartment. >>> jackson mystery. michael's mother katherine reported missing this weekend tells police in arizona that she is fine. the grandkids that have lived with her wondering where she is. a missing persons report was even filed. inside this really strange and bizarre story, straight ahead. >>> and power right in your wallet. a new iphone charger the size of a credit card saves you when you run out of juice. we'll show it to you in 20 minutes. "newsr
'malley and teri branstad and bob mcdonnell also here. we're going to talk to former u.s. olympian, dara torres, it's friday the 13th and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody, breaking news to start "starting point" this morning, a story developing as well. jp morgan chase is releases earnings and disclosing they lost $5 billion in a monumental trading blunder. we're digging through the numbers. christine romans will update you on what that earnings report means straight ahead. >>> also, more controversy over the uniforms for the united states olympic team. when they walk no london's olympic stadium, they are going to be wearing ralph lauren, red, white and blue ensemble made entirely in china. lawmakers are outraged for outsourcing the clothing. alina cho joins us with more on that. >> there's rare bipartisan backlash on capitol hill about this. good morning, everything in the uniform from the beret to the blazer and shoes made in china. they are made by american designer ralph lauren as soledad said and they are just for the opening and closing ceremonies, recently i got an o
with us. and thank you for being with us, everyone. i give up. sending it to wolf blitzer. wolf? >> ashleigh, thanks very much. >>> happening now, president obama and mitt romney are locked in a dead heat right now. when it comes to battleground voters, the numbers aren't so close. the brand new cnn orc polls are just in. we're breaking them down for you. standby. >>> also millions still without power, baking in record heat in washington, d.c., in the mid-atlantic, days after being clobbered by a deadly monster storm. is there any relief in sight? >>> and an american grad student fights for his life after being violently mauled by two chimps in south africa. ahead, the horrifying details of the attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." these numbers just coming in. let's go to the battle for the white house. a brand new cnn o.r.c. poll is just being released right now. take a look at just how tight the race is. among registered voters nationally, nationally. 49% say they are for president obama versus 46% for mitt romney. that's with a 2.5% samplining err error.
gillibrand and steve israel sent a letter to the chairman of the u.s. olympic committee asking that the committee only source uniforms from the united states in the future. is that possible? opening ceremony less than a month away. sherrod brown suggested the usoc get their uniforms from hugo boss in his home state of ohio. and harry reid was so mad, he wanted to destroy uniforms. >> i am so upset that i think the olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. i think they should be embarrassed and should take all of the uniforms and put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again. >> the u.s. olympic committee released a statement earlier this week which says, unlike most olympic teams around the world the u.s. olympic team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors. we're proud of our partnership with ralph lauren, an iconic american committee and excited to watch america's finest athletes compete at the upcoming games in london. and ralph lauren, we reached out for comment. they told me they are not giving any statement about thi
. for our belief system, it's not our place to judge, and not forgiving only puts us in a place where we can't move forward. >> colorado governor john hic n hickenlooper was there. he spoke. one of the things he did was he named off the names of the 12 people who died in this horrific shooting, and those involved in the vigil responded "we will remember" after each name. we still have many still hospitalized, eight of them still in critical condition. that vigil was a very important moment for the folks here in aurora. >> okay, thank you very much, poppy. we're going to check in with the ncaa now. they're making the decision on penn state. let's listen in. >> and the powerful people who let them down. there has also been much speculation on whether or not the ncaa has the authority to impose any type of penalty related to penn state. not only does the ncaa have the authority to act in this case, we also have the responsibility to say that such egregious behavior is not only against our bylaws and constitution, but also against our value system and basic human decency. the executive committe
right to the ridiculist. that does it for us. "early start" starts right now. >>> breaking news. fire raging. right now after a freight train crashes in columbus, ohio. >>> repealing health care. the house votes in a matter of hours. but it won't make much of a difference. >>> hot pursuit. a police chase ending in dramatic fashion. that suspect's car plunging off of the freeway. and you will not believe what he said his reason for doing this was. you'll find out all about it in a moment. it's right at the top of the hour. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." nice to have you with us. i'm ashleigh banfield. >> i'm ali velshi. zi r zoraida sambolin is off today. >>> we begin with breaking news. hazmat crews at the scene of this spectacular fire. it's raging in ohio right now after a train that was pulling several tankers derailed just before 2:00 this morning eastern time. this was an accident that happened in the north end of columbus. flames can be seen apparently for miles. witnesses reporting in that they could see this a long way off. christine romans has been monitori
, the numbers aren't so close. let's go straight to cnn's joe johns. he's breaking the numbers for us. he's in des moines, iowa, right now. tell our viewers what we're seeing, joe. >> reporter: wolf, there's certainly a lot more to this than meets the eye. the main takeaway is mitt romney is running ahead of the president in some of the states that matter most. conservatives are still shaking their heads. >> it was really a shock. >> i'm dispinted at their position. they came to a position. >> how could one of their own on the supreme court side with liberals onto uphold the institutionalty of the democrat's health care plan. in many ways it was still a conservative decision. >> this was a conservative judicial philosophy that says the role of the courts is to be the last resort, not the first resort. we only strike something down when it's a big piece of regulation if we absolutely have to. that's still quite conservative. >> and this type of thinking shouldn't be a surprise. >> wrong piece there running, obviously. the takeaway on our poll is even though the president maintains a slight
on the cayman islands. so what is it mitt romney doesn't want us to know? maybe it's in the tax returns he refuses to share, or the felony he might have commitmented by making false statements about his role at bain. we understand, mitt, sometimes the truth is tricky. tricky mitt. he's not a crook, right? moveon.org political action is responsible for the content of this advertisement. >> that ad will start running tomorrow in ohio, where mitt romney is scheduled to the campaign. romney campaigned today in pittsburgh, where he tried to do a donald trump impression without ever actually using the words, "birth certificate." >> in the past, people of both parties understood that encouraging achievement, encouraging success, encouraging people to lift themselves as high as they can, encouraging entrepreneurs, celebrating success instead of attacking it and denigrating makes america strong. that's the right course for this country. his course is extraordinarily foreign. >> while romney was visiting pittsburgh, celebrating his success, team obama chose to introduce a new television ad on pittsb
case scenario for all of us in the region is when you get full-out civil war, there is no coming back. if it breaks down, if civil order breaks down to the point of no return, then it will take years to fix syria. and i have a feeling that we're seeing the signs of that over the past three weeks. the only people that can bring us back from that brink is obviously the president and the regime. and i believe this is the last chance that they have. >> my exclusive interview with king abdullah will air during our next hour during our 5:00 p.m. eastern hour here in "the situation room." you're going to want to hear what he has to say about syria a lot more detail. also, we spoke about mitt romney and barack obama in the interview. he's got some serious thoughts about these two individuals. >>> let's get to the presidential race right now. in today's republican triple play in ohio, not only is mitt romney campaigning there, so are two men getting mentioned, lots of mentions in fact, as possible running mates. the louisiana governor, bobby jindal, and the former florida governor, jeb bush. c
. and the choosers. you are picking the president for the rest of us. so that means you don't have the luxury of political apathy. we, those of us who live in the all too predictable ballot box behavior states, counting on you to get it right. first of all, don't be fooled by the optics that are meant to signal the candidates understand the lives of scalled ordinary people. you know, like buss with folksy tour names. rich guys pretending they ride the bus is not a signal that they understand your lives. neither is rolling up their cleaves or leaving their neck ties at home or eating pancakes or drinking a beer. you know how politicians show you they can relate to your lives? creating policies that make your lives better. pay attention to what they say to you, not just what they are showing you. and numbers like these, totally unacceptable from a pew poll showed 45% of americans are completely clueless about the supreme court's landmark decision on affordable care act. listen, if it's your vote that determines whether or not the rest of us get health care, swing states, i need to you do a litt
labott is joining us live with the very latest. bulgarians are of course investigating. i'm sure the israelis are as well. first of all, what are the bulgarians saying? >> reporter: well, wolf, forensic investigators on the scene. it's all very preliminary at this point, but they're saying that this was caused by a bus bomb already placed inside the bus. that's really all they know, but they're not ruling anything out. they say it's possibly a terrorist attack. obviously the israelis saying they're sure of it. but bulgarians not ruling anything in, not ruling anything out at this point, wolf. >> didn't take very long for the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu to directly blame iran for this attack. >> reporter: that's right. a short time ago prime minister netanyahu, wolf, put out a statement saying all signs are leading to iran, his defense minister just spoke to reporters a short time ago. let's take a listen to what he said. >> this is clearly a terrorist attack initiated by hezbollah, hamas, jihad or any other group under the terror of iran or other radical muslim g
question ] >> well, no -- nobody from the aurora police department has attempted to contact us for any purpose. so presently nobody is asking for assistance. additionally, at that time, there were other authorities here locally who we were talking to. [ inaudible question ] >> i didn't see the box. so i don't know. [ inaudible question ] >> i don't understand the question. i'm a lawyer. objection, vague. do i know the prosecutor? not personally, no. >> you've done work in colorado? >> i've done work in colorado, but in the federal system. [ inaudible question ] >> we've been told that's highly likely that that's going to happen. >> how concerned are you? >> everyone is concerned. [ inaudible statement ] >> well, nobody told me that. from what i know about the laws in colorado. it is a death penalty state. obviously it's going to be murder one. and that's when someone can be facing the death penalty. i actually am in communication with them as well. >> i have concern for their safety. [ inaudible question ] >> we vice presidehaven't reallt far because at this time no formal charges have
. the rest of us are counting on you. >>> good morning, i'm melissa harris-perry before we begin, we want to congratulate congressman barney frank and jim ready who got married last night. governor patrick duval officiated and asked if they promised to love each other on sickness and in health, on msnbc and fox, as long as they both shall live. congressman frank the first sitting member of congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. but now onto our top political story. when most of us think of the map of our country, we picture this. 48 states, all smooshed together with two more hovering in the pacific. but if you're one of the two americans currently running to be president of all the states on that map, right now, you're not really thinking much about the vast majority of them, because only four months out from election date, your version of the u.s. map looks a lot like this. this is a map of the battleground states in the presidential election and if you didn't see your state highlighted on that map, hate to break it to you, because your vote is not going to matter much in determini
with sheila simon, she'll join us live. we'll get you the rest of the morning's top stories, christine romans has that for us. >>> authorities in iowa draining a lake this morning in the search for two missing girls, 8-year-old elizabeth collins and her 10-year-old cousin lyric cook disappeared last friday. their bikes found at the edge of meyers lake in the town of evansdale, it could take three days to drain the lake sufficiently. >>> police trying to track down who shot this video of a smash mob of teenagers hurling merchandise through the aisles of walmart in florida. wjxt visited the home of the 17-year-old student who posted this video. then removed it from his page. there was no response at the door. police citing a possible link to a nearby house party where gunshots were heard that night. >>> we're hearing from the president of penn state, the new president of penn state for first time since the release of the damning freeh report, rodney jackson says the university must take responsibility at all levels for concealing information about jerry sandusky's sexual abuse of children. >> i
's disappointing overall and even more troubling for african-americans. plus, a u.s. veteran who lost both legs in iraq now embroiled in a rather nasty house race against an incumbent who first suggested she's not a true war hero. tammy duckworth is here in "the situation room" to respond. >>> also, a millionaire's apparent suicide just seconds after he's convicted of arson. what may have caused this shocking end to a life seemingly spinning out of control? >>> and great white shark spottings heightened. fears along the cape cod area. our own brian todd is on a boat with experts trying to track them down. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> right now a disappointing jobs report kicks off day two of president obama's bus tour into overdrive and arms his opponent, mitt romney, with new political ammunition to use against him. look at this. unemployment is stuck at 8.2%. and only 80,000 jobs added in june. the numbers are even worse when you look at minorities. we're covering all sides of this dramatic political story. our own dan lothian and dana bash, they are both standing by
. back here in the u.s., today president obama, he's calling for a one year extension of bush era tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year without congressional action those cuts expire on january 1st. now to michelle who has both the morning's top corporate news. >> dow alcoa reports. estimated to be up 5.8%. if you remove apple and bank of america, even if you just remove bank of america growth is seen dropping by .4%. if you're wondering why boa, they had a bad quarter compared to a year ago. farnborough air show is under way in europe. meantime boeing is said to be considering a new competing verge of its 787 dreamliner. boeing ceo jim mcnerney will join phil lebeau live at 7:00 a.m. eastern time. thompson reuters is buying fx alliance. heineken will delay investments in brazil after the government raised taxes on beer. starting in october beer taxes will be 28.8% up from 17%. brewers are already suffering from costs. joe, say it ain't so. >> it is so. also on our radar this morning lawmakers returning to capitol hill from their summer break. among the items they wi
overdrive and arms his opponent, mitt romney, with new political ammunition to use against him. look at this. unemployment is stuck at 8.2%. and only 80,000 jobs added in june. the numbers are even worse when you look at minorities. we're covering all sides of this dramatic political story. our own dan lothian and dana bash, they are both standing by live. but first cnn's poppy harlow breaks down the numbers. >> hi there, wolf. i think the headline for this jobs report is disappointing. only 80,000 jobs created in the month of june. unemployment stays at 8.2%. we need to be creating somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 jobs a month pretty consistently to bring that rate down. issues here 12.7 million americans still unemployed in this country. 5.4 million of them have been out of work for six months or longer. the longer you're out of work, the longer it takes you to find a job. that is a problem. also very key here. 2.5 million people are not counted in this unemployment rate at all. they can work, but they have stopped looking for work. so they're not counted in the unemploy
is accused of contaminating syringes... then using them on patients in at least 8 states. at least 30 former patients in new hampshire contracted the virus.kwiatkowski also worked at four maryland hospitals from 2008 to 2010... including baltimore veteran affairs medical center... johns hopkins... maryland general and southern maryland hospital. 00:57 we want to err on the side of caution to go ahead and test all of the people who may have been exposed here. 03 kwiatkowski is charged with obtaining drugs and tampering with a consumer product.he denies the allegations. a fake doctor accused of illegally giving butt injections... is now facing additional charges.we are now learning that one of the women "o'neal morris" is accused of injecting.. has died. died.morris is a transvestite based in miami... who is accused of pumping women with fix-a-flat.. super glue... bathroom caulk.. even cement. morris is now facing manslaughter charges... in addition to practicing medicine without a license. this news comes just weeks after another fake doc.. kimberly smedley.. was sentenced in baltimore to 3
on the attack against the president using really his own words instead of having to come up with a hurried vice presidential announcement. and, wolf, there are some tea leaves to read here. kelly aot said to be high on mitt romney's vice presidential search list, she is going to be appearing with mitt romney up in new hampshire tomorrow. the romney campaign announced that yesterday. wolf, i think it stands to reason that the campaign would not have announced this event, would not have said slooes going to be at this event up in new hampshire if they were going to somehow come out tomorrow and announce she's the vice presidential running mate. so i think that's an indication that perhaps this window before he goes to the olympics is closing and that the vice presidential announcement will come off the olympics are over, wolf. >> they haven't released his exact schedule yet. when he's going to be in london, israel, when he's heading back to the united states. he's going to poland as well. do we know any details about that? >> reporter: wolf, i can tell you right now that, yes, all three of those
other signs of trouble. they tell us that the suspected shooter passed a background check and had excellent academic credentials. even got a government grant to help pay his tuition. tonight, investigators are reportedly looking whether the suspect used our tax dollars to purchase his weapons. team fox coverage continues. adam housley at the crime scene aurora, colorado this afternoon. the prosecutors in this case have not said much of anything. but police said that a suspicious package showed up at that university, right? >> yeah, shepard. in fact, the university has been watching things very closely since friday. we know they shut down the two research facilities where james worked. they brought in bomb dogs. they told everyone who worked there when they came back to work on monday that anything they weren't expecting. if they found any packages, anything kind of odd to notify authorities. that's what happened today two. different packages that showed that up people that worked there weren't expecting. they brought in the bomb robot and bomb squad. they withdrew it meticulously
in sports from the u.s. anti-doping agency. they were all associated with lance armstrong's former u.s. postal service cycling team. the agency says they were trafficking in performance enhancing drugs during all or part of lance armstrong's seven tour de france victories. armstrong himself is not part of that. but he is fighting charges as well that he used banned drugs. he filed a lawsuit. it was dismissed. he went ahead and refiled that lawsuit in a flash, really. all within a matter of days. a lawsuit against the anti-doping agency to try to help keep their case from going forward. stay tuned to this space. it may be dismissed again. it may go forward. >> there's been anti-doping agency news almost every day. one might start to wonder whether they are on a performance enhancing drug. >> good point. listen, the controversy is raging. this guy has gone through hundreds of tests. he's cleared hundreds of tests. he wants people to know, this could also just be really bad press. >> yeah. he's refiled it. we'll follow it closely. >>> trucks aren't meant to fly. doesn't mean they can't. a
own in this race for the white house. jim acosta is joining us from boston right now. what's going on on this day as far as the republican presidential candidate, jim, is concerned? >> reporter: wolf, the back and forth in this campaign right now is all about four words the president said nearly a week ago, the words you didn't build that. the comment has the romney campaign building a new line of attack that is resonating with republicans. republicans hope it's a sign mitt romney is back in business. >> when the president said that, if you got a business, you didn't build it, come here and talk to brian. and you'll learn that in fact he did build this business. >> i take umbrage at the suggestion that people don't start and build businesses. >> now, i'm know some people that think what the president said was just a gaffe. it wasn't a gaffe. it was instead his ideology. >> reporter: on a day he was expected to stay behind closed doors, he was at a truck repair company near his boston headquarters to keep hammering a comment made by the president last friday. >> if you got a busines
. i'm gretchen carlson. thank you for sharing part of your day with us today. the president joins the community in mourning to remember 12 lives cut short in the movie massacre. but in the sadness, more stories of heroism. >> she needed to run. stephanie refused to go, instead actually with her other hand called 911 on her cell phone. >> this while several victims continue to fight for their lives. we're live on the scene with the latest information for you. >> in a few hours, the movie massacre suspect due to make his first appearance in court. he might not show up. this as we're finding out about his twisted plan to escape. brian? >> plus, police revealing more about his hollywood-style plot to cause mass mayhem and exactly what was inside his apartment. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> good morning, everyone. thanks for sharing part of your day with us today. you're looking at pictures from a vigil held last night to remember them with song and prayer and with memories. >> thousands showed up at the aurora municipal center even though many of them didn't have a personal
. thank you for reporting for us. >>> the u.s. has given afghanistan a gift only a few other countries have, ally status. secretary of state hillary clinton made the announcement during an unannounced visit to kabul. the ally status gives afghanistan access to u.s. defense resources and training, ahead of the 2014 u.s. troop withdrawal. clinton says the designation is aimed at keeping afghanistan secure for the long term. >> our strategic partnership agreement is not aimed at any other country. our goal is to work with the region and the international community to strengthen afghanistan's institutions so that the transition is successful and the afghan people themselves can take responsibility and the future of afghanistan will be safer and more secure. >> mrs. clinton now heads to a donor meeting in tokyo to gather financial support for afghanistan. >>> now to syria, where the violence is spreading beyond the border. two rocket propelled grenades fired from syria slammed into a lebanese border town. two syrian refugees were killed and two others wounded. violence continues across the
to let us know his whole apartment was booby trapped and if anyone opened that door, there would have been more carnage. >> it's interesting that he did that. the ultimate plan -->> i can't figure that out. >> i think his ultimate plan was to get away and when he was, then, caught in the movie theater parking lot, i'm not sure why he decided it was a good thing and decided to tell the police officers. otherwise, more lives would have been lost at his apartment complex. back to the court hearing for a minute, the bond will be set. obviously he's probably not going to get out on bond with the crimes that he's facing. it's not expected to last long at all and, of course, the prosecution has 72 hours to file formal charges. and they undoubtedly will release some of that evidence in the court hearing today but probably have enough evidence to be able to hold him. >> while we learn more about what will happen during the suspect's court appearance today, family, friends and loved ones came together to remember the 12 lives cut short on friday. and there are still victims fighting for their
under water with sir richard branson. also joining us, the original karate kid, ralph macchio and jada pinkett smith and her daughter willow joins us. "starting point" begins right now. >>> the fbi is now launching a criminal investigation working with authorities overseas to find out how sewing needles ended up in four sandwiches on delta airlines flights. they were found on four different flights, all coming to the united states out of amsterdam. one passenger was injured but declined medical treatment. brings us to sandra endo joining us from d.c. what do authorities know so far? >> good morning, soledad, right now there's a full blown investigation into this matter and the fbi and local authorities in the netherlands are trying to find out how the needles got into those turkey sandwiches. a delta spokesperson says the needles were found in sandwiches in flights from amsterdam to minneapolis and seattle and two flights to atlanta. two of the needles were found by passengers and one was discovered by an air marshall when delta found out about the needles in the food, the air
joe" this morning, we have tes hello to ashley. she is leaving us. this is her last day on the rev. she puts it altogether. she is the star. when you have a staff, dedicated staff of three people, it's difficult to lose one of them, especially one as great as ashley. she gets here at midnight, stays late every day to make the show possible. ashley, we love you. >> thank you. >> we will miss you. >> thank you. >> how about it for ashley, guys. >> thank you. >> thank you, ashley. "morning joe" starts right now. >>> i'm so tired of the president of the united states with the awesome seal that he gets to go around with, pointing, trying to create divisions, trying to punish people rhetorically for the hard work that will restore american greatness. the current president of the united states, i think, doesn't get it. he said on monday, i think right before he came here to this part of ohio, he said, in virginia, if you've got a business, you didn't build that. somebody else made it happen. that was kind of like saying that the private sector is doing pretty good. it's the economy that's
's offshore accounts. with vice president biden actually using today's speech to a prominent hispanic group to demand romney release more of his tax returns. >> he wants you to show your papers but he won't show us his. >> it's kind of fascinating. >> while the president pressured the republican opponent in an interview with wnur in new hampshire. what's important is if you are running for president the american people know who you are. and what you have done and that you are an open book. that has been true of every presidential candidate dating all the way back to romney's father. the president's push for more disclosure came three weeks after he invokeed executive privilege to shield attorney general eric holder from turning over more documents in the "fast and furious" scandal. >> bret: ed henry live on the north lawn. thank you. small business owners are more pessimistic than they have been in a while. new survey shows decline in optimism in june. wiping out all positive gains achieved this year. political uncertainty is said to be the primary cause. the fitch rating service is leaving
, romney used the first town hall style meeting since may to blast president for proposing extension of the bush era income tax cut for individuals earning ove over $250,000. >> he announced a massive tax increase. >> he ridiculed mr. obama as liberal reactionary whose response to last week's dismal job report is propose tax hikes this week to kill the anemic recovery. >> the very idea of raising taxes on mall business and job creators at the time we need more jobs is the sort of thing only extreme liberal could come up with. >> romney spoke at a high school where the president visited three years ago. colorado has 9% unemployment. point higher than the 8.2% national rate. in iowa today, mr. obama ignored romney's call for tax cuts for everyone, to accuse the right of favoring only the rich. >> they want more tax cut for wealthiest americans on top of the existing bush tax cuts. they want to give $5 trillion more in tax cuts. that fight is a big part of what the election is about. >> president's attempt to brand romney out of touch raider for working at bain capital has been debunked
, average wages declining and leads us down this long and winding road to grim, grim news, coming out of the far east this morning. >> it is. >> the sun continues to set on the american empire. here it is again, singapore, dateline, singapore, the 7-eleven in singapores, not in america, singapore only, you've heard of the slurpee machine in singapore the mashed potato and gravy machine. you put a little cup under, hit a button, mixes hot water with a powder, spits out mashed potatoes and pours chicken gravy you can take on the go. >> coming soon to singapore, obesity. >> where were we? john kennedy why england slept. i'm going to why america slept. >> thanks. >> that puts -- >> that's disgusting. you would love that. i could see you eating that. >> i want that. sad day. >> front page of "usa today" melissa my mayer, the talk of the town. at a conference with the national journal with valerie jarrett talking about it because she's pregnant and she's going to be the ceo and she says, i'd like to stay in the rhythm of things. my maternity leave will be a few weeks long and i'll work thro
. >> that is awesome. it's caught on camera. i'm ashleigh banfield. it's nice to have you with us every morning. it's 5:00 a.m. on the east coast. let's get started with this. go vote for someone else. how about that for a campaign pitch. fighting words for mitt romney after a pretty rough reception at the naacp convention. it was a tough sell to begin with though anyway. governor romney's really trying to convince african-americans that they'd be better served with him in the white house than with president obama. president obama has about 95ish percent support among african-americans. he misstepped when he referred to the president's health carrey forms as obama care. >> i'm going to eliminate every non-essential expensive program i can find, that includes obama care, and i'm going to work to reform and save -- >> yeah, those are the sound of boos. you might say ouch or maybe not. romney is getting beat up by naacp. listen to the president of the washington, d.c., branch describe that chorus of boos. >> he literally came to our house and attacked the issues that are important to us on our turf. >> an
of boos. >> he literally came to our house and attacked the issues that are important to us on our turf. >> and there you have it. that was the wrapup, at least from that presidency. shannon travis is live from washington, d.c., this morning. shannon, it really looks like mitt romney's just not backing down at all from this, and there are all sorts of people weighing in on all sorts of different reasons for why he may have gone to the naacp annual conference. wrap it up for me to start with whether this is going to have a residual effect in the negative or in the positive. >> reporter: well, we're still trying to weigh that, ashleigh. when i was watching it, it felt like one of those reality tv shows where the candidate on stage either lives or dyes by boos or applause. he was booed when he mentioned obama care which was a little surprising, because the people at naacp, it's not surprising that he is opposed to obama care. he got booed when he said he was a better president for african-americans than president obama is. last night at a fundraiser in montana governor romney basically pla
a look. good morning. thursday, july 12th. mitt romney, staring at the naacp convention. with us former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. the executive editor of bloomberg news, al hunt and rounding out our michael bloomberg hour morning, columnist for bloomberg, margaret carlson. in new york, a man whose company i'm sure will be owned by michael bloomberg, executive editor at random house, "time" magazine contributing editor jon meacham and also editorial writer for "the washington post" and msnbc contributor jonathan capehart. jonathan. >> yeah. >> let's start with you. >> hey, joe. >> mitt romney, at the naacp convention. that just sort of -- like those old reesy's ads, two great tastes that go great together. not a natural audience for mitt romney and it didn't go especially well. why did he do it? >> i mean, i would hope he did it because what he says, you know, looking for every vote possible and wanted to show respect to the community and ask for their votes. but you don't go there and say that you are going to be better for the african-american
it was always pick as many fights as possible. no. i think -- i think you -- wherever you are, you use the event to your advantage and if you're going into a hostile audience -- for me, and i think usually for most politicians, it's to do what tim kaine is doing, by the way, from what i've heard across virginia very well, he's going to all of his enemies first and saying hey, listen, i understand you're not going to be with me, but i'm going to always listen to you. you know, i always would go into neutrals. on this stage, i don't think there was any doubt about it he was playing to conservatives, some would say cynically and he was playing to independents saying, hey, you know, all the stuff you heard about me i only tell people what they want to hear, watch this. and let me give you one more clip, here's mitt romney when he got booed talking about president obama's health care plan. >> i'm going to eliminate every nonessential expensive program i can find, that includes obama care, and i'm going to work to reform and save -- [ boo ] >> of course, steve rattner, throughout the day, mitt romney
" begins right now. >>> and good morning to you. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with us today. we begin this hour with the western wildfires, growing in size and claiming more lives. so far, 1.9 million acres have burned. that's equivalent to an incredible 3,000 square miles. to give you an idea of just how huge that is, it's roughly the size of delaware and rhode island combined. and then there's the human toll. two crew members are confirmed dead in the weekend crash of an air tanker in south dakota. cnn affiliates say two other firefighters aboard that c-130 were also killed. one family member spoke to wbtv just before the doomed flight. >> it's very exciting. i mean, you know, adrenalin is flowing. we're ready to go. hopefully when we get there, we'll be ready to go right when we get there. if they need us to start dropping today, we can start helping out. watching the news and seeing everything that's going on out there, and so we have just been waiting for the call. as soon as we got it, we're ready to go. we're all experienced so we have been through it before. bu
're ready to go. hopefully when we get there, we'll be ready to go right when we get there. if they need us to start dropping today, we can start helping out. watching the news and seeing everything that's going on out there, and so we have just been waiting for the call. as soon as we got it, we're ready to go. we're all experienced so we have been through it before. but the biggest thing is we are thinking if we can do our job and do it right, we'll be able to stop it, and you know, hopefully wherever we put the retardant down is where the flames will stop and they won't go any further. if it works out right, it will burn itself out. >> that was paul miceal, sadly dead this morning. he was aboard that c-130 that crashed that. crash does underscore concerns about the ageing fleet of those c-130s. today the air force has grounded all of them. pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is joining us now to tell us more. good morning, chris. >> carol, this is taking a major weapon out of the inventory, so to speak, when it comes to fighting these wildfires. these c-130s were patrolling over four s
by the remarks. another sign of tricky issue for them. john? >> ed henry at the white house for us. thanks. senior political analyst brit hume is here with his thought ox the penalty credit. good evening. >> welcome back. >> thank you. >> the fumblin fumbling in the y camp today explaining the governor's position on the supreme court finding that the healthcare fine is a tax is certainly embarrassing. it will be seen that the governor is unable to use the healthcare tissue his advantage. that doesn't mean that the issue will not work to his advantage anyway. that's because romneycare is unpopular as ever and the president owns it. it is his signature achievement and for much of the first two years he set aside all other priorities including the economy to push it through congress. romney meanwhile has pledged to repeal it. despite the healthcare skeleton in his closet. the question is this. will voters who want to get rid of obamacare, vote for obama because they have misgivings about the romney record on the issue? it's like the economy. democrats take comfort from poles that show people
't need a special council. we're going to have a couple of u.s. attorneys, one from d.c. and one from maryland, they're going to investigate which some say is political. clearly they work for the attorney general that works for the president. anyway, we'll play you -- we'll give you both the quotation. here first is senator feinstein on monday essentially taking aim at the white house for spilling the political beans, the secret beans. >> i think the white house has to understand that some of this is coming from its ranks. i don't know specifically where. but they're, i think, they have to begin to understand that and do something about it. >> and then up next, she again another statement just yesterday and we have this one for you, too. i stated that i did not believe the president leaked classified information. i shouldn't have speculated beyond that because of the fact of the matter is i don't know the source of the leaks. but, you know, this really brings up the issue of transparency as well which is something that the obama administration has promised from day one and if you'll
will join us again, the co-founder of the senate tea party caucus. first though, we want to get to christine romans with an update on the top stories. good morning. >> good morning, soledad, also developing this morning, investigators trying to find out what caused a mystery odor that made a flight crew sick and forced an emergency landing last night. the u.s. airways flight from charlotte to rome was diverted to philadelphia. attendants told the captain they were feeling sick and smelled something strange. an airline spokesperson says five crew members were taken to the hospital and released. passengers were eye vak waited and put on another flight. none of the passengers got sick. >>> a woman who abandoned her 19-year-old special needs daughter outside a bar will not be charged. police say eva cameron left her daughter lynn outside a bar in tennessee then drove home to illinois. our affiliate wvlt spoke to eva who says she has the best intention. >> i didn't get the help i needed from illinois, somebody at the church said why don't you go down to tennessee. they have a good health care sys
, thanks for being with us. >> he is an oscar nominated actor and producer of a new documentary shenandoah. >> i spent time there doing a documentary as well. ryan lizza, the washington correspondent from the new yorker and will cain from the blaze.com. i missed you terribly. >> it's been 12 hours since we've seen each other. >> i get to meet one of my favorite actors, deets from lone some dove. >> are you from texas? >> if you don't like lonesome dove, you're in trouble. >> you might have to switch spots today. >> i was going to say lethal weapon but everybody says that, right? >> our "starting point" this morning, breaking news, hazmat crews are on the scene. a spectacular fire, taking place in ohio. a train was pulling several tankers derailed just before 2:00 this morning. the accident happened in the north end of columbus, which is near ohio state university and the ohio state fairgrounds, the explosion and flames could be seen and felt for miles. everyone within a mile of that scene has been ordered to leave their homes because police believe some of those tankers are hauling sulphur
provision, right? what they wanted was a state in which with eused incentives here and there. where we used the tax code and penalized and incentivized. that's what's become the mainstream of democratic policy as well. using the tax code, using insentives and penalties and now they're turning around as if this is some ridiculous notion. this is the model they created. >> you're distracting many e. i'm just reading about the tax reform act. it's one of my favorites. >> this thing, by the way, if you can work your way through what romney actually said, it's kind of sort of true in a constitutional way. we have 51 constitutions in this country. 50 state constitutions, one, you know, federal. and some of these state tunes like massachusetts provide in the constitution very broad power for the state legislation to enact things in the general welfare and they don't need the massachusetts constitutional power to tax to ground it, or they don't even have a commerce clause, obviously. and so, i mean, there's a law school class in which there's a point to be made. he's trying to make. but i mean, you
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